Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Bernat Picornell Pools, Barcelona
Date Started: July 31, 1992
Date Finished: July 31, 1992
At Seoul China's [Yang Wenyi] had been favored after being the first swimmer to better 25 seconds, but she faltered and finished only second. It started a pattern as she placed second at the 1989 Pan Pacs to [Jenny Thompson] and was only fourth at the 1991 World Championships. She was far from favored in this event in Barcelona. The Olympic final began with a false start by her teammate [Zhuang Yong], already the 100 free gold medalist in 1992, and the 1991 World Champion. On the actual start, Yang had the best of it, leading by a shoulder as they started stroking. And she never let up, bettering her world record with 24.79, as Zhuang came on for second.
Bronze went to American [Angel Martino] in her only individual event. She had been thought to have made the 1988 US Olympic team but was then found to have a positive drug test and did not compete in Seoul. Thompson disappointed, finishing fifth.